Tuesday, 24 May, 2022

Topic: IAS

IAS is here to stay because it suits the political executive

It is not lateral recruitment but ‘back-door entry’ of retired ‘babus’ that can cause damage to the IAS.

After Arvind Kejriwal sit-in, statement war starts between AAP govt and Delhi IAS body

IAS association issues statement denying charges officer on 'strike'; AAP say officers only took part in two activities.

TalkPoint: Lateral entry at joint secretary level positions: reform or politically motivated?

An advertisement by the government of India on Sunday announced 10 positions at the joint secretary level for ‘talented and motivated’ professionals. Experts weigh in whether it will help.

Govt opens door to private sector talent, wants specialists to join ministries as joint secys

DoPT ad for applications gets mixed reactions - some welcome the move but others are apprehensive, say may increase scope for political appointments

Civil service recruitment needs real reforms, not ad hoc approach

By turning the foundation course into an obstacle course, we will really convert the ‘Happy Valley’ into a ‘Paradise Lost’.

Modi govt’s proposal to change how service & cadre are allocated to civil servants – a good idea?

Experts weigh in on the PMO's proposal that services and cadres should be allocated after civil services entrants complete their three-month foundation course.

Modi govt wants to change how civil service entrants are allocated IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS

The PMO has proposed allocating the cadre and service to probationers only after they complete three-month foundation course. Govt says just a suggestion, no final decision taken.

No, reservation does not produce inferior IAS officers, say two US scholars

The findings of the study have significant policy implications because it suggests that bureaucracies can achieve diversity without compromising performance.

What India can learn from Pakistan’s scheme to incentivise its civil servants with better postings

A study based on Pakistan's civil servants showed that incentivising officers with a posting of their own choice remarkably improved their performance.

‘IAS officers who are assigned to home state cadres more likely to be corrupt, underperforming’

A new research paper suggests letting Indian Administrative Service officials work in their home states may be opening the door for greater corruption.

On Camera


Golden Temple

What Akal Takht must know about harmonium and music before banishing it from Golden Temple

In an era where India’s past and ‘purity’ are constantly being dug up and debated, the humble harmonium has become the latest victim.

World’s $300 trillion in debt. Here’s what it means for services like health, education

To meet debt payments, at least 100 countries will have to reduce spending on essential services, the IMF estimates.


Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet pulls off its first successful launch from a ski-jump at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, US | Photo credit: Boeing

2 American Super Hornets in India as Boeing looks to showcase fighters for Navy deal

Navy looking at about 26 multi-role deck-based fighters for its aircraft carrier. Visit by Super Hornets comes close on heels of similar trip by competitor Rafale M of Dassault Aviation.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.